Controversial Dinesh D'Souza tweets resurface after Trump announces pardon
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Twitter users reacted to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds MORE's announcement of a pardon for conservative activist Dinesh D'Souza on Thursday by resurfacing old tweets made by the convicted author, some of which his critics have called racist.

Trump announced Thursday in a tweet that he plans to pardon D'Souza because of his "unfair" treatment by the Obama administration. D'Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to making illegal campaign contributions.

"Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!" Trump tweeted.


Both journalists and others chimed in with criticism of D'Souza, accusing him of posting racist messages and attacking school shooting survivors.

"Imagine making fun of kids being murdered. THIS IS WHO DINESH D'SOUZA IS," wrote musician Mikel Jollett, a member of the band Airborne Toxic Event, who also accused D'Souza of being an apologist for racist stereotypes.

D'Souza in the past promoted the false "birther" conspiracy that former President Obama was born outside of the United States and was thus ineligible for the White House.

"The Big Bang Theory" executive producer Bill Prady joined in the criticism, posting a tweet D'Souza made about  Obama in which the writer says Americans are "cowering in embarrassment" of the president.

"A sample tweet from the fellow the president just pardoned. Enjoy the fun use of the words 'boy' and 'ghetto' in reference to a black man. Join in—post your own racist D’Souza tweet with the hashtag #racistpardon," Prady encouraged his followers.

In another controversial tweet, posted by Everytown for Gun Safety founder Shannon Watts, D'Souza referred to Obama as a "grown-up Trayvon," referring to the black teenager Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed in Florida by George Zimmerman in 2012.


NBC News political reporter Benjy Sarlin remarked that the conservative author's Twitter feed resembles that of fired ABC star Roseanne Barr, who lost her show after posting a tweet calling a former Obama aide the hypothetical love child of the Muslim Brotherhood and "Planet of the Apes."

"Not that it affects the legal case, but Dinesh D’Souza’s twitter feed looks like Roseanne’s x 1,000 and is what he’s been known for in recent years. There’s a separate message getting sent there too with this pardon," Sarlin wrote.

A number of other journalists, activists and writers also resurfaced old tweets by D'Souza:


Others, however, came to D'Souza's defense, including Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent Trump's NATO ambassador pledges 'seamless' transition to Biden administration MORE (R-Texas).

"Bravo! @realDonaldTrump Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views. And he’s a powerful voice for freedom, systematically dismantling the lies of the Left—which is why they hate him. This is Justice," Cruz wrote on Twitter.

"I must admit I am a bit astonished that Ted Cruz would forcefully come out and call this person a voice for freedom," wrote CBS News reporter Sopan Deb in response to Cruz's tweet.

D’Souza’s clemency would mark the fifth full pardon issued by Trump in his first year and a half in office. He has also pardoned former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former Bush administration official I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.